Some people are horrified at the idea of men with long hair. Me... I rather like it. It started when I was a teenager, with Robert Plant. (Didn't matter that I was 13 and he was 30. He was gorgeous!) That voice, those looks, that hair… And it’s gone on from there. I have a soft spot for actors with long hair, too – the characters. Aragorn, Jack Sparrow, Guy of Gisborne. And then there was El Mariachi (three scrumptious films).
I have sneaked men with long hair into my books. In Where the Heart Is, Luke has long hair at first. (My ed made me give him a haircut before he started work in the emergency department, but as Trek Doctor he was… ohh. I might mention here that Rowena thinks of him as El Mariachi. Cough. Guess what I’d been watching?) But most of the time an editorial haircut takes place right at the start. And definitely on the cover. My all-time fave Temptation, Nancy Warren's Hot Off the Press, had a hero with long hair. On the cover... they gave him a haircut. Boo.
But I think men with long hair are underappreciated. And, because a picture paints a thousand words, I’m going to be horribly self-indulgent and give you examples of gorgeous, gorgeous men with long hair. And I’d love to know if you agree!
Firstly, the man who started it all: Robert Plant. That smile really lights up the whole room – and I was privileged to see it from ten feet away when he played the UEA (happy sigh).
Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. (This one's especially for Kelly Hunter and Heidi Rice.)
Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne.
And a gratuitous one of Mr Armitage with slightly shorter hair, but this is definitely inspiring the new book. (I pinched this one from Philippa Ashley.)
Nicolas Cage in The Sorceror’s Apprentice (I’ll be talking about this film here next month).
Oh, what, you thought I was going to put someone else first picture?
Heh. I was just letting you wait for the best one - the ultimate Male on Monday, in my view (my DH excepted, of course). Mr Banderas.
Just lovely. Though I think I might need a fan, now...
In the UK, Kate’s Modern Heat Red Wine and Her Sexy Ex (aka the first of the French duo) is out on the shelves at the moment (out in December in the US and Australia), and next week you’ll be able to get the follow-up, Champagne with a Celebrity (and Kate is thrilled to have the first Modern Heat new-style cover).